Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Ali Akbar Ofoqi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 16, 1980
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ali Akbar Ofoqi and five others was reported by the correspondent of the Pars News Agency in Mashhad. The report was published in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (October 18, 1980).

Arrest and detention

The report provided no information on the circumstances of Mr. Ofoqi’s arrest and detention.


No information is available on the circumstances of the trial.


The report indicated that Mr. Ofoqi was charged with being involved with drugs.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic’s authorities have brought trumped up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Each year, Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

There is no information available on the evidence presented against the defendant.


The report provided no information about the defendant’s defense.


The Eastern Special Court for Drugs and Narcotics in Mashhad sentenced Mr. Ofoqi to death. He was executed at dawn.

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